YEAR A: HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT
HOMILY THEME: PERFECT EXAMPLES
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
(Lk. 1:46-56) Seventh Day of Simbang Gabi, December 22, 2018
In today’s readings we have two women of different eras but uttering similar praises to God. Hannah, in the first reading, was a barren woman who pleaded to God for a child, Samuel, and was granted one. She promised to consecrate the child to the Lord. The first reading makes an account of the fulfillment of that promise while the psalm is the expression of her thanksgiving to God. Mary, on the other hand, having received the Good News of becoming the Mother of God and founding testimony of God’s revelation in the pregnant Elizabeth, proclaimed her praise almost repeating Hannah’s prayer of thanksgiving. Both women’s MAGNIFICAT was an expression of faith in a just, faithful, and generous God.
The reversals mentioned are worth reading and contemplating. Both sons, Samuel and Jesus, were formed by their mothers in faith. Both were influenced and benefited from their mother’s faith. Both fulfilled God’s plan of salvation.
Yes, even Jesus, the Son of God, learned from her mother Mary. It will be unfair to Mary and a violation of Jesus’ humanity to say that Jesus knew everything from the very beginning. He was one like us. He learned the way we learned. His vast experience of the places He visited and stayed, the people He met, and the events He attended were all evident in His teachings. No wonder He was understood by His listeners.
Parents, not only mothers, should never abandon nor underestimate the influence they have to their children. While freedom is important, guidance and discipline are necessary. The latter may not be compromised for the former. For the sake of freedom, parents cannot sacrifice guidance and discipline.
I believe that while children are young, the responsibility of parents are great while children’s freedom are less. As the children age, their freedom increases while the responsibility of parents is lessened. In other words, parents should help the children establish a good foundation in all aspects of life. And that includes imparting their faith. The fact that they belong to that faith is already a good reason to share them. We believe that children are God’s gift to their parents. Together with that gift is the responsibility to rear them according to the life and teachings of Jesus. That was promised when the children were baptized. Of course, when the children are grown up, they will decide. But their decision will always be guided and influenced by how they were formed and disciplined. If the foundation is good, most probably, the decisions will also be good.
Mary and Hannah had faith. Rearing their children was not a walk in the park. For them, God had proven Himself. Thus, whatever were God’s plans for their sons, they agreed and supported. They did their role and cooperated with God. When there is obedience to God’s will, salvation is also present.